Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Today's Social Conservatives

Tom Delay slammed Supreme Court Anthony Kennedy yesterday for his "incredibly outrageous" work on the bench. He went on to say “And not only that, but he said in session that he does his own research on the Internet? That is just incredibly outrageous.” Oh no, not that scary internet. You see Tom; it is just you and your fundie friends that want to live in the 16th century. Are you also upset that he drives to work in a horseless carriage?

Progress is something that the Tom Delays and James Dobsons of the world don't understand. Social conservatives hate change. The reason that the culture war is at an all time high is that the world is changing faster than ever. These guys are clawing at the backs of the rest of the world that is advancing past them. Eventually, they will get left behind. That's ironic, didn't one of them write a series of books about that?

The election of Cardinal Ratzinger is a good example of this. The Catholic Church has decided to make one last stand. The fact that he is 78 probably means it will probably be a short stand. I've read before that the American Christian religion is currently going though the Fourth Reformation. Just like the previous three reformations, progress will eventually drag people out of this one and into a brave new world.

There has always been vitriol between progressives and conservatives as we move away from these reformations. Today's lightning fast communications and new media formats just make it seem worse. Hell, even idiots like me can put out comments that have the possibility to be read by anybody. Also, the speed of today's life has turned out a generation of "I want it nows." After last year's election I saw a lot of people new to politics ready to fight the 2006 midterms or even the 2008 presidential elections the very next day. I hope they don't burn out, but I know some of them will.

So, Tom Delay, you and the rest of your crew can rant all you want at whatever perceived bogeymen you can find. You're still toast. Burnt toast. You just don't know it yet. But please keep it up; you're doing a better job at tearing down the republican party than we could ever hope to do. Please don't step down until after the 2006 midterm elections. We need to make significant gains in Congress.

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